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Four Seasons’ Flowers Vol. 1: Spring–Summer

Author(s):
Sakai Hoitsu, Suzuki Kiichi, and Nakano Kimei
Price:
2,300 yen (JPY)
Language:
In Japanese
Size:
128 × 180 × 20 mm, 408g
Pages:
292
Binding:
softcover
Release date:
20200124
ISBN:
978-4-86152-766-1 C0071

Japanese flowers through the seasons, brought to life in vibrant woodblock prints.

In the late Edo period, Sakai Hoitsu (1761–1829) inherited and enriched the Rinpa tradition of painting that had begun some two centuries earlier with Tawaraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin. His focus on stylized motifs and visual interest led him toward a unique style of botanical art reaching beyond faithful representation.

That lifelong body of plant drawings forms the centerpiece of this collection, which brings together 528 depictions of flowers by Hoitsu and his successors Suzuki Kiichi and Nakano Kimei, reproduced as woodblock prints in the early twentieth century and organized by season. An inspiring design source for botanical art, porcelain painting, embroidery, and more, the two compact volumes also include a list of plants in English, making it an outstanding reference for readers of Japanese poetry and classical literature as well.

Artwork by Sakai Hoitsu, Suzuki Kiichi, and Nakano Kimei

With essays by Riko Imahashi (professor, Gakushuin Women’s College) and work commentaries by Yotaro Tsukamoto (professor, Kyoto University)

Two volumes

In Japanese with plant names in English

 

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